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December 19, 2014
How Do Holiday Lights Work?

Ever wonder how holiday lights work? Tis the season to learn the ins and outs of our twinkling little friends, and how to fix them!

December 18, 2014
STEM Mentoring Café at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Check out photos from our most recent STEM Mentoring Café, a speed-mentoring event to connect STEM professionals with groups of middle school students.

December 16, 2014
U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz poses with attendees to a welcome lunch for Arizona tribal leaders. | Photo by Peter Jordan Photography.
Secretary Moniz Reaffirms Energy Department’s Commitment to Tribal Partnerships

Secretary Moniz traveled to Arizona last week for a summit with tribal leaders, part of our work to build upon President Obama’s commitment to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with tribal nations.

December 8, 2014
Because of climate change, more frequent and intense weather events -- like this hurricane over the Atlantic Ocean, viewed from a satellite -- are becoming more common. Finding ways to reduce global emissions could help.
Building a Global Low-Carbon Technology Pathway

At COP 20 in Lima, Peru, Department of Energy staff will discuss actions we're taking to help implement the United States' commitments to fight global climate change.

December 1, 2014
This coronary stent is made with a lab-developed, award-winning platinum-chromium alloy. | Photo courtesy of NETL.
A Heart of Gold? Try Platinum

A platinum-chromium alloy makes coronary stents stronger, more flexible and resistant to corrosion. Now, National Lab scientists who worked on it will receive an award.

November 24, 2014
#WomenInSTEM: Stepping Stones From One Career to Another

Learn about Cheryl Martin's work at ARPA-E -- the latest profile in the Energy Department's #WomenInSTEM video series.

November 18, 2014
Electrical transmission lines cross a snow-covered field in Dallas Dam, Oregon. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department
The War of the Currents: AC vs. DC Power

Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison played key roles in the War of the Currents. Learn more about AC and DC power -- and how they affect our electricity use today.

October 31, 2014
Photo courtesy of Austin Community College.
Recapping National Energy Action Month

Energy Department officials spent National Energy Action Month on the road, meeting and learning from Americans who are advancing our energy security, growing the economy and protecting the environment.

October 28, 2014
As the demand for electric vehicles goes up, charging stations become more prevalent -- here an electric vehicle owner uses a local charging station. | Photo Courtesy of the Energy Department.
Energy Jobs: Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installer

Learn about what it takes to become an electric vehicle charging station installer in the latest installment of our #EnergyJobs series.

October 27, 2014
"Energize" Your Neighborhood with Energy-Themed Pumpkins

Now through Halloween, we're highlighting scarily effective ways to save energy -- and money -- at home. Get started with our energy-themed pumpkin stencils!